Today is Veteran’s Day! And my birthday!
When I was born, the holiday was called Armistice Day. My mother claims I was born at the stroke of midnight and the doctor gave her the choice of making my birthday the 10th or the 11th of November. She chose the 11th because she was a Federal Employee (rural mail carrier) and knew she’d always have my birthday off.
I’m pleased and honored to share my special day with a very special group of people, including three men I hold most dear:
My father, Reuben E. Robson, who served with honor and distinction as an Army Staff Sargent in Europe in WWII.
My uncle, Burney Bagby, who suffered burns and permanent damage to his lungs when his Navy ship was torpedoed and caught fire in the Pacific.
And my late father-in-law, Milt Salonen, who served in the Merchant Marines, transporting vital cargo and soldiers across the Atlantic.
Their sacrifice was shared by their families who carried on at home without them for months–even years–at a time.
A lot has transpired since WWII, and I could name a long list of friends, family members and acquaintances who have served in the military, but, instead, I will give my thanks for their service and share FAST MEN, SLOW KISSES — a collection of 7 romances supporting military veterans–with you in their honor.
And I’ll gift copies to 5 lucky friends. Just leave a reply–perhaps mentioning someone near and dear to you who has served their country. I’ll pick the winners on Thursday. (Also, congrats–and thanks–to Rogenna Brewer, who made this gorgeous cover–and is a Navy vet herself.)
Fast Men, Slow Kisses: A collection of 7 Romances supporting military veterans
As authors, we’re delighted to pull our works together in this boxed set to say thank you to all those who serve to protect our freedom, especially the forgotten heroes and their families struggling here at home. Proceeds from Fast Men, Slow Kisses will be donated to military veterans’ charities in the United States and Canada.
Fast Men, Slow Kisses contributors:
Wild Ride, by USA Today bestselling author Nancy Warren
Joe Montcrief is a hard driving workaholic corporate shark who arrives in the small, eccentric town of Beaverton, Idaho with takeovers and profit in mind. Emily Sargent runs the Shady Lady B&B, a former brothel and the only accommodation in town. Still, he manages to keep his mind on work except when Emily’s around and he notices that this rose-growing, cookie baking, small-town girl has something about her that turns him inside out.
Aloha Texas, by award-winning author Chris Keniston
Fall in love with all the friends and family from the Big Island Dive shop: Retired navy diver Nicholas Harper likes his new life as captain of a dive boat in Hawaii. Kara Lynn O’Conner is the fifth generation lawyer in her small Texas town where life is easy and safe. Six year old Bradley Russell is about to change everything.
Only with the Heart, by award-winning author Linda Steinberg
Out of money and almost out of time, technology geek Brian McKay has three weeks to complete the prototype for his voice activated hotel suite and achieve the financial independence he’s always struggled for. But, when a beautiful Beverly Hills do-gooder needs his help on a special project, the inventor is pulled between ambition and love.
Her Favorite Mistake, by award-winning author Barbara Lohr
When Vanessa Randall appears on a popular reality TV show, she isn’t prepared to see her Vegas Hunky Hottie again. She needs the Internet mogul’s help to ramp up her family business, but Alex is the last man she wants back in her life. He’s thinking revenge can be sweet.
Baby I’m Back, by two-time Golden Heart® winner Laurie Kellogg
Nick Riverà’s ex-wife, Samantha, has no concept of how terrified he is of losing her to another high-risk pregnancy. His refusal to sire another child ultimately destroyed their marriage. Now, he’ll stop at nothing to get his family back—even if it means blackmailing his way into his ex-wife’s home—and, with any luck, Samantha’s bed and heart.
Partners by Design, by award-winning author Pamela Stone
Hard-edged DEA agent Shayne Kelley grew up fast. Shuffled from one foster family to the next made him tough. And damned good at working undercover. When idealistic schoolteacher Dani Cochran reunites him with the father who abandoned him as a child, his well-ordered world is shaken. He can’t seem to resist the naïve teacher and her reckless optimism. But can she risk loving a man who seems destined to break her heart?
Winter Interlude, by award-winning author Sandy Loyd
Ñico Fernández has plans to seduce Pepper Grady and then marry her to please his dying father. Those plans go astray when the beautiful heiress seduces him instead. She’s vowed never to marry a man like him, one who doesn’t believe in love and he’s not sure he can promise marriage on her terms…including a lifetime of love and fidelity.
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Happy reading, my friends. May the coming year be good to us all!
Deb, the birthday girl 🙂